Review of Thunderball (1965)
In my opinion, one of the best Bond films. The 1960s was the age of the spy film, helped by the slick production, mysterious baddies, great battles, beautiful women, fast cars and a super-cool hero, which altogether made Thunderball. Sean Connery at his best, full of charm, wisdom and dry humour.
Watching the film today, it still impresses, as it is epic in scale. Massive sets, amazing gadgets (like the jetpack early on in the film) and exotic locations (like Nassau) still look stunning. The plot is easy to follow and the film flows seamlessly beacause of the skillful editing.
There are tons of gripping scenes, with battles underwater, lots of viscious sharks and plenty of good old-fashioned gun fighting. Some critics felt that the underwater scenes are too long and unnecessary but I think they add to the beauty of the film.
Q is ever-present and there is the obligatory gadget explaining scene, where, as always, Bond's boyish lack of concentration doesn't impress Q.
It is difficult to find faults in this Bond outing and it really does tick all the boxes for a Bond film, so the best thing to do is just sit back, watch and enjoy.